Downloading library books to your Apple Device using the Overdrive App.
A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.
The first thing that you will need to do is download the Overdrive App from your device’s app store. There is no charge for the app. Using the Overdrive App, you can download EPUB eBooks and MP3 eAudio. No other format is compatible with the Overdrive App.
When the app is finished downloading, you will need to open the app. The first time you open the app, you should see an audiobook called “Welcome to Overdrive Media Console.”
In order to read eBooks in the Overdrive app, you will need to register for an Adobe ID. You can create an Adobe ID by going here. If you are only using the app for MP3 eAudio, you do not need an Adobe ID.
To enter your Adobe ID, click the “Get Books” Icon in the upper right of the screen.
In the next window, select “Settings” on the bottom of the screen.
In the app settings screen, you will see an area to enter an Adobe ID and Password. You will need to enter the Adobe ID in order to read eBooks in the Overdrive App.
To start downloading eBooks or eAudio, click the “Get Books” button in the upper right hand corner of the app screen.
You will now need to select a library to download from. Select “Add a Library.”
You can type in your zip code or you can browse for your local branch name or for “Harris County Public Library”. You will need to choose a HCPL branch to access our catalog.
If you click on the star next to the library name you selected, the app will remember your library selection in the future.
Once you have selected a library, you will be taken to our digital catalog.
While browsing the catalog on your mobile device, please be aware that you will only be shown the compatible titles for your device. You will not see the titles that cannot be downloaded to your device.
Next you will need to search the catalog to find and check out a title.
To download a title that you have just checked out, select the “Download” button. To access any title you have previously checked out, click on the link for “My Digital Account.” Then select “My eBookshelf.”
Once you select “download”, the app will open and the download will begin.
To read or listen to the title, select it from the app menu and it should open. While reading the title, you can adjust the color and font size by using the icons at the top of the screen.
To return the title early, or to delete it from the device, make sure you are in the Bookshelf screen.
Select the “Edit” button from the upper left.
After selecting “Edit,” a red circle will appear to the left of the titles in your bookshelf. Pressing the red circle will make the word “Delete” appear to the right of the title.
Once you press the red “Delete” button, you will then be able to choose to “Return and Delete” the title of “Delete without Returning.”